Chris Shirley

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Chris Shirley is our February Athlete of the month!

Chris joined CFC 7 months ago and has been committed to coming ever since. He recently got BMU and ring MU. Can’t wait to see how Chris performs in his first Open!

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How long have you been Crossfitting?
7 months

What made you start CF?
I actually didnt know much about crossfit, a good friend of mine randomly messaged me one day telling me he joined crossfit in pine bluff and told me i should look into it and that he thought i would be good at it

What changes have you seen since starting CF?
I went into crossfit not doing any kind of weightlifting in years and zero experience with gymnastics so i would say ive gained a lot of strength and knowledge on lifts and gymnastics.i can jump higher and feel more explosive

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
My favorite moves are burpee box jump overs and double unders because i feel thats two moves im getting pretty good at and by far my least favorite is squat snatch and rowing

What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
The friendly encouraging environment and the amazing coaching staff who day in and day out push you and challenge you to better yourself

What are your long term goals?
To challenge myself every workout and continue to improve on getting stronger and better at gymnastics and to just keep learning and maybe one day be in good enough shape to do the open and comps

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?
Don’t ever feel discouraged or insecure about joining crossfit because its an amazing experience and will help you in every day life.the atmosphere is friendly and you will have nothing but the best leadership from the coaches and athletes

Rebekah Turner

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Rebekah Turner is our January Athlete of the Month!

In the little over a year that Rebekah has been doing CrossFit she has come such a long way! You can see her confidence build with each new movement she masters. After having a golf ball sized tumor removed from above her ear she was a little reluctant to get upside down. Recently she has been working on HSPU and I am quite sure she will get them and mark that off of her list as well!

I can’t wait to watch Rebekah in this years Open - she will be a force to be reckoned with for sure!

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How long have you been Crossfitting?
About a year and three months

What made you start CF?
I completed a fitness challenge that Kevin led at Acxiom. The prize was a couple of Foundations-style classes. I tried it out and was instantly hooked!

What changes have you seen since starting CF?
I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in - and that includes high school sports back in the day. Being able to carry our 4 year old around for an extended period of time, or run and play outside with the 8 year old are things that weren’t very easy before Crossfit. I’ve seen improvements not only physically, but mentally as well. It’s given me self-confidence and a better self-image — things I’ve always struggled with!

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
Favorites would have to be rowing, DB snatch, and thrusters.Least favorites would be squat snatch, DUs, and HSPU. 🤮

What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
The coaches and the comradery. The coaches are knowledgeable and encouraging, and the class environment creates a team atmosphere that can’t be beat. Nobody finishes alone!

What are your long term goals?
Aside from the elusive goals like bar/ring muscle ups, just being able to maintain a healthy lifestyle is my biggest goal.

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?
YOLO! 😉 Really... don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and give it a shot. There are some great people here. Come join us!

Autumn Tucker

Autumn Tucker is our December Athlete of the Month!

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Autumn started this time last year and has been consistently coming to the 6am class since then.  That alone deserves an award!  Autumn has an auto immune disease and she uses CrossFit to keep her body moving and healthy for years to come.  She doesn’t use her pain as an excuse but for motivation to push harder!  Here is what she has to say about her CF experience:

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I've been going to CrossFit for a year now. When I got diagnosed with arthritis I knew I needed to start something to help me build muscle and get stronger so started CrossFit. The changes I have seen are I'm stronger, my mood is better, I feel better and my arthritis doesn’t flare up as much. My favorite move is a clean and my least favorite is a snatch. My favorite thing about CrossFit is you always have people cheering you on and telling you, you can do it. My long time goals are to stick with CrossFit for many years to stay in good shape and good health. My advice to anyone that wants to start CrossFit is that any age or body type can do it and it is very rewarding. Also you will meet amazing people! 

Dylan Easterling

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Dylan Easterling is our November Athlete of the Month!

Dylan has come so far since last year when he joined our box. He recently got his first ring muscle up. He then conquered his big time fear of being upside down by working on hand stand pushups and finally stringing them together! Dylan has been getting into the competition side of CrossFit and will be most definitely be someone to watch out for in the 2019 Open. We love having you at CFC Dylan - do you have to move back home when school is over?! :)

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How long have you been Crossfitting?
A year and a Half

What made you start CF?
I had played baseball all my life, and knew I wanted to keep active and get stronger. I went to a regular gym for a few months, but eventually got tired of sitting on a machine and going through the movements.

What changes have you seen since starting CF?
I've gained 15 pounds and have done movements that I thought I would never be able to do. Plus, I can lift my body weight above my head which I'm most proud of!

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
My favorite movements would have to be thrusters and burpees. Although they end up destroying me in WODs, I've gotten better at both over time, and I like the full body workout that they provide.
My least favorite would be snatches and overhead squats.

What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
The community is my favorite part. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and there is always opportunities to get to know people outside of the box.

What are your long term goals?
A long term goal of mine for a while has been to do an ironman. Shorter term goals include getting better shoulder stability for overhead movements, as well as do a spartan Ultra Beast.

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?
Take a leap and go for it! The hardest part is walking in the door (not really, but you'll be glad that you did). Not only will you get in better shape, but you'll learn some cool things about yourself along the way.

Akshay Patel

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Akshay Patel is our Athlete of the Month!

Akshay came to CFC during a six-week challenge.  He has come such a long way in a short time and that is mostly because of his insane drive to get better!  He puts full effort into everything he does and we all love watching him improve daily.

How long have you been Crossfitting?
10 months

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What made you start CF?
I started CF with 6 weeks new you challenge and during that seeing all people around lifting heavy weight and doing complex movements encouraged me to start CF.

What changes have you seen since starting CF?
After starting CF, I am more physically fit. I feel more energetic. I learned a better way to lift heavy things in day to day life, by using legs rather than bending the back.😀. I am in better shape than I have been before.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
Favorite: Burpee and HSPU (Still need to get better though)
Least favorite: Power Snatch Squat/ Overhead Squat.

What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
The People. I have made lots of friends here. Where can you get this, "make FRIENDS while getting FIT", isn't it cool! That, and all the Coaches, who helped me to learn and master every movement.

What are your long-term goals?
Learn the gymnastic movement, to do in more better and smoother way. Do all events, maybe, in next Crossfit Open at RX level,

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?
Don't think too much about starting it. You will definitely see the change in yourself. It's the best way to get into total body fitness regardless of your skill level.